Youth Month 2023: Empowering Young South Africans for a Sustainable Future

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In 2023, South Africa marks the 47th anniversary of the 1976 Student Uprising, a turning point in the nation’s history that sparked significant changes. Since 1994, June 16 has been recognized as National Youth Day, commemorating the sacrifices and contributions of the youth of ’76 and honoring their impact on the country.

To celebrate Youth Month 2023, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) in collaboration with the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture (DSAC) have planned a series of events and activities throughout June under the theme “Accelerating Youth Economic Emancipation for a Sustainable Future.” The government’s goal is to provide young people with a platform to explore opportunities and showcase the potential they possess.

Multi-Sectoral Approach to Youth Development

To achieve this objective, the government has adopted a multi-sectoral approach that involves partnering with private sector companies and civil society organizations. This approach aims to address the challenges faced by the youth and offer real-time opportunities for their development.

Launching Youth Month 2023

The official launch of Youth Month 2023 will take place on June 1, 2023, at Uncle Tom’s Hall in Soweto. The event will present a detailed Youth Month Roadmap outlining all the planned activities and events throughout June, honoring the memory of the youth of ’76.

Fostering a Culture of Innovation and Resilience

This year’s Youth Month activities aim to create a space for multi-sectoral partnerships that can contribute to youth development and showcase opportunities available to young people within both the government and private sectors. The goal is to foster an environment that allows young South Africans to access resources, opportunities, and support, helping them thrive in their personal and professional pursuits.

Highlighting Youth Achievements

As part of the Youth Month celebrations, dialogues between young people and stakeholders from various sectors will be held to address barriers faced by the youth and explore solutions to overcome these challenges. The events will also recognize young change-makers who have contributed significantly to their communities, inspiring and motivating others to follow in their footsteps. By celebrating these achievements, the government aims to foster a culture of innovation, resilience, and determination among the youth.

Honoring the Past, Building the Future

Youth Month 2023 provides an opportunity for South Africans to remember and appreciate the sacrifices and contributions made by the youth of 1976 while recognizing the potential of today’s young generation. By providing access to resources, opportunities, and support, the government and its partners can empower the youth to shape a prosperous and sustainable future for the nation.

Celebrating Youth Month reaffirms the government’s commitment to the development and empowerment of young people in South Africa. As the country looks ahead to the future, the focus remains on creating an environment where the youth can thrive and contribute to the betterment of society as a whole.

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